Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine by selecting auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Duck Duck Gooze - The Lost Abbey

Not Rated.
Duck Duck GoozeDuck Duck Gooze

Educational use only; do not reuse.

256 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 256
Hads: 1,530
Avg: 4.52
pDev: 7.74%
Wants: 3,236
Gots: 283 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: illidurit on 07-13-2009

In Belgian brewing there are fantastic wild ales brewed with naturally occurring yeast. These beers develop over time and are ready on their own terms. Duck Duck Gooze is our homage to these effervescent and wonderfully complex sparkling beers.

A blend of young and old barrel aged beers, this has been one of our most sought after beers year after year since it’s original release in 2009.

Alas, it is released in very small quantities only once every three years, so it’s extremely difficult to come by beyond the day we release it. It does, however, turn up on our Tasting Room’s Vintage List from time to time, so don’t despair.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 256 | Hads: 1,530
Photo of RacerX5k
2.52/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

you know what? this beer fucking stinks and I'm not even sure it's a beer. $7 hard earned dollars wasted, as usual. really was looking forward to trying this, but, wait for it, it really fucking stinks. I gotta say it twice.

ugly boring cider like yellow. smells and tastes of flat, yellow lemony vinegar. if I want a lemon I'll eat one from my tea. I'm actually one of those people who loves bitter lemon, but this is not that. vinegar. who the fuck wants vinegar in your beer.

you want a good, no great, beer? go get yourself a Weyerbacher Riserva, now that's a great, sour, barrel aged beer. bottom line, this was fucking terrible.'good thing I only wasted $7 on it. never understand how these kinds of beers get ratings around here.

 738 characters

Photo of cpetrone84
2.88/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a transparent golden color, bubbles floating to the top, thin limited white head. The nose has a fair bit of sourness and acidity, light leathery brett, an earthy funk, touch of tangerine and tangy peach. The earthy funk is there with some barrel presence, hints of vanilla, the peach is sour, extremely high acidity and burns the throat. The feel is full bodied and heavy, grainy on the throat, dry, under carbonated.

 424 characters

Photo of Soonami
3.05/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to reDUBBELFIST for sharing this at the Philly BA Meetup at TJ's earlier this summer.

This beer is a very pale, hazy straw yellow with a very slight ring of egg shell foam. The beer smells wild and bretty with a little fresh lemon. The beer starts out pleasantly sour and tart with good lemon and green apple flavors, but the finish is pure viengar. The viscous, mouth-coating, saliva-stripping, mouth pucker acidity. It is a combination of astrigent (like biting into underripe apples) and vinegar was very unappealing. This beer is wildly drying for a liquid. This is an okay beer, not the worst sour I've ever had, but it does not live up to the hype at all. I'm glad to have gotten to try it, but it's nothing I would actively seek out again.

 754 characters

Photo of champ103
3.22/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazed golden/yellow color. A minimal white head forms, and not much lace either.
S: Not much in the nose. Light apple skin, with a bit of tartness. A metallic, even tinny aroma. Not much of a yeast character, not much funk, oak, or much of anything else. Disappointing in the nose.
T: Light white grape flavors with apple skins. Cider like, with a bit of tartness and vinegar flavors. Again, no real funky yeast character. Really not much of anything but light tartness.
M/D: A light to medium body. Certainly not flat, but I wish this was much more crisp. The light tartness is enjoyable, and makes this fairly simple and easy to drink. Though I feel like this needs something more...probably a more distinct yeast character.

One dimensional, and just a little boring. After several try's over the years, I was hoping this would click, but it never has. I have never gotten much yeast or substantial tartness out of this. Don't know why my experience is that much different than most others. Though I think there are much better Wild Ale available, and ones that are so much easier to get as well.

 1,138 characters

Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.28/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this about a year ago and it has changed a lot. Hazy urine color with lively carbonation. Turbid for the style it's trying to mimic. Aroma is acetone, highly lactic, eggy, sweaty goat fur. I didn't get much brett funk this one just smells sour. Taste has degraded. Eggy, lactic acidity, acetobacter (has a bigger presence). I'm getting a noticeable amount of vinegar that is hurting it's flavor and drinkability. Lemon tartness and high level of sourness is still there. The vanilla sweetness has disappeared or being overpowered by acidity. I felt this used to be a really good beer but seems like it has peaked. I'd love it if an American Wild would have a brett character you didn't have to search through tons of acidity to find.

 737 characters

Photo of JAXSON
3.43/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Rating from last summer, I've heard this may have turned the corner but I don't know that first hand so I'm sticking with my original rating.

From a bottle, thanks to radhoesbro. Pours a faintly hazy apricot with a meager head. Nose is a bit salty, with some very distinguishable round, fruit tones I find in most Lost Abbey sours. Nice, but nothing explosive. Kind of a peachy, apricot aroma. Flavor is initially quite salty, which is my overall complaint with Veritas 004, but it quickly melds into a nice progression into a full peachy note. Quite sour and tart with that integrated, round yeast I find in their light sours time and again. Carbonation is medium and is good for the style. Nice, one of the best from Lost Abbey I've had.

EDIT - This beer is a mess as of April, 2011. I think I was overrating it to begin with. Compared to some better peaches it's completely one-dimensional and has a really flat flavor profile. Acidity has taken over, as it does with most Lost Abbey light sours.

 1,001 characters

Photo of ArrogantB
3.48/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle thanks to one of you. I came into this expecting a gueuze and I will review it as such. Bright orange color with almost no head at all but it is carbonated. Smells sour and a bit cheesy but i would not say funky at all. In fact this does not smell like a true gueuze at all. The taste was way too sweet and then followed by a sourness. The sweetness was almost like a pixie stick or sweet tart and I didn't like that aspect at all.There was some citrus and fruit but to call this a gueuze is just not being honest. As a wild ale this was ok but the price was completely out of line for the beer that is in the bottle. Save your money and get a Cantillon for half the price.

 686 characters

Photo of DefenCorps
3.56/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I shared a bottle at the epic tasting this past weekend.

The pour is hazy yellow with a thin white head with great retention and lacing. The nose is outstanding with a big, cheesy funk, citrus sourness and grassy hay. Floral with a touch of honey (minus the sweetness), I get a little lemongrass too. With white pepper and a little clove, this is a great smelling beer.

The palate is intense. Massively sour with plenty of lemongrass, orange juice, grass, hay and quite a bit of cheese, this beer is moderately musty. Mild pepper and clove mid-palate, the mild sweetness in the mid-palate (that I recall even the draft version having) is present. Finishing long and fantastic with an intense citrus sourness and a moderately grassy character, this is an enjoyable, drinkable take on one of my favorite styles.
Original scores: 4.5/4.5/4/4.5/4.5

**Edit 16 Sept 2011**
I shared a bottle the other night. This is just not very good,. Overly acetic with the signature Lost Abbey fruity vinegar, with champagne vinegar, this is one note, has no funk and has a moderate acetone character, despite being cellared correctly. Disappointing (for the hype), I'm updating my scores to reflect this.

**Edit 01 July 2012**
I shared this at the mega Lost Abbey tasting. It appears that there's a ton of bottle variation here. The nose is fatty, rancid,moderately funky and again, not acetic. Sweeter, more lactic sourness with a touch of acetic. Sourness is intense, but there's also some fruity flavors with kiwi and unripe peaches. Solid, enjoyable.

 1,553 characters

Photo of RebelWithoutACause
3.6/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 2.

Second bottle that I have opened that smells like green apples and nail polish. Something has to be going on with the latest batch, this can't be just me. I love this beer but something just isn't right.

 214 characters

Photo of Spider889
3.61/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to TurdFurgison for breaking this out at our recent tasting. This was my first experience with the beer, and while you said it hasn't improved with age, I still thought it was a tasty beer!

A - The first pours of this were a brilliant brassy color with great clarity. No real head though.

S - Buttery chardonnay is the best way I can describe the aroma. Bitter strawberry greens and a nice sourness make up the remainder of the aroma.

T - Much more lactic/sour than the aroma hinted at. The sourness was tasty indeed, though the beer was a bit one-dimensional, especially after some of the other beers we opened that night.

M - Low carbonation. Acidic.

O - As far as most American Wilds go this is far and away something well made. However, when pitted against the cream of the crop it (at least at this stage in its aging) falls very short of pure greatness. I really dug the clean sourness - unlike the harsh over-bacterialized sours so many breweries are rushing through production anymore.

 1,010 characters

Photo of Jeffo
3.65/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to the big man for bringing both vintages of this to Sloshfest 2013. Lots of fun man.

From a cork and caged 750ml into a mini snifter
Both the 2013 and 2009 were drunk side by side. Review is for the 2013 with notes comparing the 2009.

APPEARANCE: Pours a medium sized white heat with good retention. Clear gamboge in color with lower levels of carbonation evident. Ring remains with traces of lace leaving some lacing down the glass. The '09 was slightly darker in color with less head on it.

SMELL: Tart lemon citrus notes, green apples, light musty and moldy aromas with some acidity on the nose. The '09 was less intense, or more refined perhaps, softer, with less acidity.

TASTE: Follows the nose. Lemon, green apples again, tart lemon sourness and some acidity at the finish. Bolder aftertaste is acidic with sour lemon, apples and light mustiness. There is a lot of potential here, but the acidity is in the way a bit. Enter the '09. Less acidity, softer and more refined balance between tart lemon notes and some funk. Much preferred the older vintage.

PALATE: Lighter body with higher levels of carbonation. Creamy but a bit of an acidic burn at the swallow, finishing dry. Some tartness with acidity lingers on the palate. The '09 has less carbonation and less acidity in the finish. Softer and more refined overall.

OVERALL: This was a lot of fun. Putting the '13 and the '09 beside each other really showed the superiority of the older vintage. The newer '13 is still too young, as it's a bit harsh with too much acidity in the way of the flavors. The '09, however, has matured nicely and reminds me of some aged gueuze here in Belgium. A soft, integrated and refined sour that was very much enjoyed all around. Not to offend the newer bottling, but most people at the tasting agreed the older vintage was superior; I certainly would have scored it a 4+. Thanks again for bringing this pair along. Lots of fun man!

 1,948 characters

Photo of Arbitrator
3.67/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Re-review off a bottle that is about a year old at this point.

A: A vigorous pour produces a clear coppery-orange body with substantial off-white head.

S: More citrusy and tart than expected. Lemon up front, but a surprisingly tropical fruit bouquet of pineapple and lychee. Leather, tobacco, salt, and oak. An altogether unique smell, particularly in the salt, which is unmistakable and not something I smell in many other beers.

T: Initially a balance of sweet and tart, reminding me of a lightly sour lemon candy with hints of pineapple, but it quickly gives in to the tart / sour side and becomes puckering (lactic variety). Small brett funk that produces a melange of leather and tobacco. The finish sees a development of tannins and some slight vinegar. This beer hasn't developed the funk I was hoping it would have after a year of aging; nor has it dried out like I hoped. Still quite good, but sweet for a sour beer. Reminds me of a Sweet Tart effect.

M: Light-bodied, moderate-high carbonation. Could stand to finish drier. The flavor is robust throughout and it captivates the senses while consuming.

D: It's solid, but not worth giving up the farm for it.

 1,177 characters

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.69/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review #900!

750ml C&C bottle; vintage 2013.

consumed on 9/21/2014 and at 4 Elves party this past winter; both times were the 2013 vintage was sampled.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: yellow bodied beer with thin white cap.

Smell: white wine barrels and some light tartness. Not much going in the nose. Light musty funk.

Taste: Light tartness and a buttery richness. Lemon and green apples. Getting some hints of oak as well. Minimal amount of funkiness that is a combination of plastic and mustiness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation. Feels slick and buttery. Almost flat carbonation this beer needs some life put into it.

Overall: This must be a beer that gets better as it develops in the bottle. As of how 2013 DDG is drinking, I just don't understand all the fanfare surrounding this Lost Abbey sour. Not much complexity and it doesn't really impress me all that much.

 908 characters

Photo of pepsican
3.76/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

ight, murky amber pour with a small white head. Aroma is heavily oaked with lemons and funk. Flavor is lemons, oak, orange citrus, a touch of nail polish remover. Finishes very clean for the style, minimal funk. Minimal carbonation kind of brings this one down a tad.

 267 characters

Photo of tarheels86
3.8/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL b1. Pours a cloudy bright yellow with a thin white head. Aroma is sweat, balsamic vinegar, horse blanket. Taste is white sushi vinegar, salt water, funk, some light citrus. Fairly disappointed with this- and compared to Temptation or Beatification....it’s very average. 2/6/2010 8/4/7/4/15=3.8

 301 characters

Photo of KrautAficionado
3.8/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Foggy straw-colored pour with minimal white head. Nose is vinegary and acetic, but with a very noticeable maltiness, backed up by some wonderful cheesy funk. Flavor is quite nicely consistent with the nose. Like the nose, there is a light bready sweetness that I was not expecting. Adequate carbonation pulls everything off the palate for a great finish. Wonderful brew, but not quite ’top 5’ sour material. Certainly try it if you can.

 440 characters

Photo of Psyko
3.81/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Duck Duck Gooze
3oz pour in a plastic shot cup
Served at Lost Abbey DDG release

A: Light straw color. Nice 1/4" head with some lacing. No alcohol legs on the crappy plastic cup.

S: A slight barnyard aroma present.

T: Not super sour. some tartness up front with citrus fruit and barnyard flavors mid palate.

M: Starts tart then goes to a nice soft creamy mouthfeel that finishes crisp from the effervescence.

O: This beer is an exercise in balance and a great example of the style. The mouthfeel plays well with the flavor that plays well with the crisp finish. It was a great beer to have when standing around with a few hundred other whale hunters in a 90 degree plus warehouse sweating. As far as other sour beers out there this one is mild. Is this beer worth the Whale status? No. But is a really good beer none the less. Recommended.

 843 characters

Photo of bulletrain76
3.88/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at the RBSG grand tasting, thanks to Tomme via alohaC who just walked up and poured it into my glass. What service! Hazy blond color with a white head. Funky, horsey and sour aroma with a tart orange juice element. A nice level of sour in the flavor. Not as sour as the better Belgian Gueuzes, but with a similar character of funk and lemon. Pretty good stab at a gueuze, but I couldn't help thinking that I would rather go out and buy the real thing for less money.

 473 characters

Photo of Phelps
3.94/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a snifter poured from a bottled shared by the great tlay10. Tyler, you are the man.

Looks: like molten gold. So hazy my fingers on the other side of the glass are mere fuzzy shadows. The pour results in no head; just the lightest mention of off-white fizz along the sides.

Smells: wooden. Sweeter than most sours that cross my path. Aromas of pronounce oak, alcohol, grapefruit and honey play about my nose, along with floral lilac and a unique earthy, cave musk quality.

Tastes: Flavors of lemon juice, tart grapefruit, apricot followed by a blast of green oak. As the nose suggested, this beer tends toward the sweeter side of sours. A hard-to-place earthy yeast flavor akin to truffles emerges as the beer warms. The sourness is crisp and doesn't linger about much after the swallow, though a candy sweetness reminding of burnt sugar definitely does.

Feels: lightly fizzy, with a medium-light body. A slight alcohol warmth travels down the throat.

Drinks: thanks to an epic beer tasting lineup, I was able to enjoy Duck Duck Gooze directly after Isabelle Proximus. In comparing the two, I'd call this the more "incomplete" beer. It had a more unique flavor bill, but seemed slightly less well-mingled. Another year or two in the cellar may have improved it a bit.

 1,287 characters

Photo of brdc
3.94/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large corked bottle poured into a Duvel glass.

Even in the Duvel glass, designed to produce head, the white head that tops the hazy straw colored beer is minimal, has no retention, and virtually no lacing. I cannot avoid imagining this is going to be another flat journey.
Aroma is an improvement over appearance, with a citric tartness, major damp funkiness, a variety of fruits, a significant acidity, a hint of oak. Very nice.
The body and flavor are quite nice and reassuring, as I was again really concerned about quality control here. It is not flat; there is a soft carbonation that actually matches the flavor nicely. Tart, fruity, musty. Citric notes abound, with minimal sweetness. Acidity rounds out the flavor, with a slight woodiness.
Significantly better than I expected, but short of great. Worthwhile, but if you consider the price, not that much.
On the spectrum of Lost Abbey adventures, where most have been either great, or more frequently, a disaster, this manages to be somewhere in the middle.

 1,022 characters

Photo of illidurit
4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

RBSG09 bottle at the grand tasting courtesy alohaC. Pale milky straw color with a thin white head. Aromas of lemon meringue, chlorine, honey. Tart and acidic flavor but not that sour. Lemons and oranges, almost pine-sol-esque at times, sweeter grains and honey/caramel. Pretty dang good but not top tier.

 304 characters

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 11/29/2009. Bottle thanks to Smokepot (thanks Joe!). Rating #1500!! Pours a cloudy yellow-orange with a small white head. Aroma is quite sour-- some barnyard, some sour candies. Flavor of much of the same -- lots of tart candies and mild barnyard. Sour but not acidic. Very pleasant and easy to drink for a sour ale. Excellent!

 339 characters

Photo of xpimptastikx
4.03/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks a bunch for opening this Mike.
Cell phone notes.

Clear golden, off white head, minimal lacing. Acetic, brett, lemon, apple, and oak. Up front acetic bite with a sharp lemon peel, very bright taste. Light body, medium carbonation, slightly tannic, and dry finish. I never had it fresh, but from other reviews it seems the acetic character is starting to take over. IP still wins in complexity, this lacks depth.

 419 characters

Photo of Rifugium
4.04/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy, golden yellow color, with a bubbly white head that sank to a ringlet, leaving some spots of lacing on the glass; Champagne-like carbonation bubbling from the glass bottom. A lot going on in the nose, mainly funkadelics, earthy, bretty, aromas of horseblanket, lemon zest and apple peel, leaving no doubt that this will have some sourness to it. Very acidic on the palate, almost too much actually, nearly wrecking. After adjusting for a moment or two, out come flavors of acidic citrus and sour stone fruits, lemon drops, lesser notes of earthy funk, horseblanket, distant crackery malts. Dry and crisp mouthfeel, medium body, and--if you conquer that initial blast of palate-wrecking acidity--a pretty easy drinker for the style. Pretty good overall, but not worth trading an arm and a leg for.

 810 characters

Photo of corby112
4.05/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle courtesy of javib458, thanks man!

Pours a hazy, dark deep golden yellow color with lighter golden ripe banana hues when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger frothy white head tat slowly fades into a lasting cap.

Earthy funk aroma with lots of awesome horseblanket barnyard notes. Slightly lactic with a nice light fruit presence. I'm picking up some light strawberry notes along with some vinegar and earthy oak.

Tart and very puckering with some strong acidity. Lots of barnyard horseblanket funk with some nice golden fruit notes. Apple, pear, white grape and some strawberry and cream. Extremely dry and sour and very refreshing. Nice earthy oak presence with subtle vanilla characteristic. Pretty well balanced with pleasant light fruit nuances that counter the extremely sour funky notes. Bone dry sour puckering finish. Actually pretty drinkable after the initial palate shock. Probably not worth the $30 price tag but still very good. Recommended.

 973 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Duck Duck Gooze from The Lost Abbey
99 out of 100 based on 256 ratings.